That’s right, I read too! Short and sweet thoughts on these two novels after the jump.
Fun fact: I live in Columbus, Ohio, the partial setting of Ready Player One the book, and possibly total setting of Ready Player One the film.
Storm Front, Jim Butcher – 6
Harry Dresden is a detective and a wizard, called in by the police to investigate a murder that could only have been committed with magic.
The detective elements of this novel are straight forward. Dresden questions people and gets into some tussles, but with magical twists; e.g., a vampire brothel madam. I felt the mystery’s resolution was obvious in retrospect.
Wizard elements, on the other hand, are intriguing. Lightly sprinkled throughout the book, just business as usual from the book’s first-person perspective. While Storm Front’s plot is adequate, it’s world building elements have piqued my interest in continuing the series.
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline – 5
Treasure hunting in an 80s nostalgia soaked virtual world.
Non-nostalgia world building elements were all fun and interesting: stacks of mobile homes and an MMO turned internet replacement. Those based on nostalgia were numerous, ranging from exciting to eye-rolling: searching through a recreation of a D&D dungeon; constant name dropping of TV shows and movies.
Plot consistently keeps up a page turning pace, despite weak characterization. Only the main character gets much attention in the book, and he isn’t particularly likable. Side characters occasionally fall into stereotypes.
The story just ends, I would have liked more closure for the characters.